OBJECTIVE: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of the most representative diabetic microangiopathy complications. So far, there have been no satisfactory therapeutic strategies, and the injection of stem cells provides a target for DN therapy.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Urine-derived stem cells (USCs) were obtained from 9 healthy men. 24 mice were randomly and equally divided into control group, DN model group, DN+hUSC group (treated with USCs for 3 times). Hematoxylin-eosin (HE) and Masson staining were used to detect histological changes of kidney injury. Creatinine and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) were measured to assess renal function. Besides, myofibroblast accumulation, macrophage infiltration, cell proliferation, and oxidative stress were detected by immunohistochemical analysis.
RESULTS: Compared with DN model group, DN+hUSC group showed lower function loss, cell infiltration, and oxidative stress, as well as less renal fibrosis, histological damage, and cell proliferation.
CONCLUSIONS: USC can alleviate inflammation and oxidative stress, reduce renal interstitial fibrosis, improve renal tissue structure and protect renal function through paracrine effect.Free PDF Download
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G. Xiong, L. Tao, W.-J. Ma, M.-J. Gong, L. Zhao, L.-J. Shen, C.-L. Long, D.-Y. Zhang, Y.-Y. Zhang, G.-H. Wei
Urine-derived stem cells for the therapy of diabetic nephropathy mouse model
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 24 - N. 3